Turkey Creek Trail #155

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Canyon view along Turkey Creek Trail 155

This trail has a great diversity of scenic beauty and ecosystems including rugged desert mountain, riparian habitat, and alpine forests.

2.5 miles of this trail, from White Creek Cabin to the junction with Trail #153, was logged in the summer of 2017.

Trail 155 can best be described broken into two segments. The first segment is 17 miles long beginning from the trail head at the mouth of Turkey Creek to the saddle between Turkey and Little Creek. Except for a three mile section that follows a ridge from Skeleton Canyon to Sycamore Canyon, the trail stays in the canyon bottom. The vegetation is lush and the creek forms many pools and small waterfalls. This segment is difficult for pack animals.

The second segment of the trail, about 11 miles, is from the saddle at the upper end of Turkey Creek to the West Fork of the Gila River. This segment crosses over the Diablo Range and into McKenna Park. The park is a gentle sloping terrain of old-growth ponderosa pine. On the topos this segment of #155 is called the Little Creek Trail.


At a Glance

Usage: Light
Closest Towns: Silver City, NM
Water: Spring, Stream. Water quality is not tested. It is advisable that all water be treated or filtered
Information Center: Wilderness Ranger District
Phone: (505)536-2250

General Information


From Silver City go west on U.S. Hwy 180 about 25 miles and turn right on NM 211. Continue on to the community of Gila and then right on NM 153. In about 5 miles NM 153 ends and becomes Forest Road 155. It is 8.5 miles of rough dirt road from this point to the end of the road and the trail head at the Gila River. This road is extremely rocky and high clearance vehicles with heavy duty tires are recommended. The travel time from Silver City is about 1.5 hours.


General Notes:

General Notes
The trail up the Gila River to the Turkey Creek Trail Head #155 begins at the end of Forest Road 155. There are no facilities and parking is limited to a few pull-offs along the road.

From the end of the Forest Road 155 follow the trail up the Gila River about 1.3 miles to Trail 155 at the mouth of Turkey Creek. There are three river crossings but crossing isn't advised if the river is at flood stage.


What's Nearby?

Closest Stores:
Silver City is 42.5 miles from the trail head and provides auto services, gas, groceries, lodging, medical facilities, restaurants, and shopping.

Connecting Trails:  158 (area is unavailable)  159 (area is unavailable)  161 (area is unavailable)  162 (area is unavailable)  153


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Dispersed Camping

The canyon is narrow but there are many opportunities for good camping along its length.

Status: Open


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  Area/Length : 
28 Miles

  Elevation : 
4800 - 8520